Attorneys Handling Sensitive Sexual Harassment Claims
Sexual harassment is bad for everyone. Of course, real victims of sexual harassment are always the worst off, dealing with the aftermath of a terrible injustice in their lives. On the other hand, there are instances of false, exaggerated and fabricated sexual harassment claims. In these cases, employers have the right to a strong defense and quality legal representation.
At Roark & Korus, PLLC, we understand the complexities and the sensitive nature of sexual harassment claims. Our lead attorney has more than 20 years of legal experience handling sexual harassment and other employment law matters for employers and employees. Our experience from both sides of the courtroom, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in these cases, gives us a uniquely balanced and effective approach. From our Lexington office, we represent clients in the surrounding areas of Kentucky.
Two Main Types Of Sexual Harassment
There are generally two types of sexual harassment claims:
- Quid pro quo: Quid pro quo means “this for that.” It occurs when a supervisor, manager or anyone else in authority offers an employee a raise, a promotion or other work benefits in exchange for sexual favors.
- Hostile work environment: This is a work environment that becomes hostile due to unwanted sexual advances, inappropriate humor or language or other issues that make an employee feel uncomfortable or in danger.
For both employees and employers, it is also important to note that retaliation is illegal. This means that employers are not allowed to fire, demote or do anything else to retaliate against an employee who files a sexual harassment claim.
The Steps Involved In A Sexual Harassment Claim
Although each case is unique, the general steps in a sexual harassment case are:
- Gathering records: Any records of phone calls, emails and other communications that would indicate sexual harassment should be gathered, stored and backed up.
- Filing an official complaint: At this point, the person making the claim should file an official complaint with the human resources department.
- Obtaining official policy records: It is important to get a copy of the employee handbook if there is one and gather any other information that proves the harassment took place.
- Agreeing to a settlement: If possible, a claim can be settled out of court to save both parties the time, cost and publicity that come with a harassment trial.
- Going to trial: When a case can’t be settled, it will be necessary to bring it to court.
Our lawyers can help you at any and every step of the process. With decades of experience, we know how to get favorable results efficiently.
Contact Our Team
Talk with an attorney from our legal team. We help employees bring sexual harassment claims. We also defend employers against claims. Call us at 859-534-7672 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.